Transect walk

Make favourite

When facilitating transect walks through the community to identify risks and barriers, make sure to include everyone, including women and men with disabilities and of all ages (also older people and children) to find out which assets, facilities and services are important to them, how they move within the community, how they use land and engage in economic activity and which hazards they consider a high risk.

To make a transect walk inclusive:

  • Choose a route which can be taken by persons with limited mobility, including persons who use wheelchairs and tricycles and older persons, or arrange assistance. 

  • Assign a family member or caregiver to walk with persons with visual impairments, who are walking on unfamiliar routes. Describe the surroundings to them so they can give their inputs

  • Ensure persons with hearing impairments walk with or near the facilitator and are accompanied by a caregiver or family member who can support their communication needs (or ensure you have a sign language interpreter if relevant).

  • Ensure that persons with intellectual disabilities can be accompanied by their caregiver or family member to help in explaining the situation and support them to give their observations and views.

  • Discuss how the environment changes in the event of a disaster and what barriers this would present to persons from different at risk groups. Encourage everyone to their share their perspectives.